Tod R. Stevens, learning practice leader at Progressive AE has achieved the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) highest honor by being named to the prestigious AIA College of Fellows.

The AIA is elevating eighty-eight members to the fellowship nationwide, including three members from its Michigan chapter, for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. The program was developed to elevate those architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Architects who have been elevated to fellowship can be identified by the designation FAIA after their name.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Tod, whose career has spanned all types of higher education projects across numerous campuses,” said President and CEO Brad Thomas. “We are grateful to have Tod leading our learning practice and celebrate with him in this next phase of his career.”

With over 30 years of experience and more than 20 award-winning projects to his name, Tod is a pursued speaker and presenter in higher education design. He is ingrained in the Midwest higher education market and has served notable clients such as Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, University of Michigan, and University of Notre Dame. His educational architecture engages research, sustainability, and craft, to impact learning, and provide inspirational environments for generations in their scholarly pursuit of knowledge.

He achieved Fellowship in the AIA’s “object one” which includes design, urban design, or preservation. According to the AIA, “Fellowship in this object is granted to architects who have produced distinguished bodies of work through design, urban design, or preservation.”

A full list of this year’s inductees can be found at

About AIA

Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.

About Progressive AE

Progressive AE’s workforce is a unique blend of creative people who think strategically, and strategic people who work creatively. The firm is guided by a fundamental and forward-thinking philosophy, Performance Based Design, which is a commitment to driving organizational performance for clients. Progressive AE has provided innovative and sustainable architectural and engineering services for nearly 60 years. The firm is a privately held, employee-owned company with offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Charlotte, North Carolina.